Shinji Kagawa

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Shinji Kagawa
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Kagawa at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Shinji Kagawa
Date of birth (1989-03-17) March 17, 1989 (age 32)
Place of birth Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
PAOK Thessaloniki
Youth career
2001–2005 FC Miyagi Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Cerezo Osaka 125 (55)
2010–2012 Borussia Dortmund 49 (21)
2012–2014 Manchester United 38 (6)
2014–2019 Borussia Dortmund 99 (20)
2019 Beşiktaş 14 (4)
2019–2020 Real Zaragoza 31 (4)
2021– PAOK Thessaloniki
National team
2007 Japan U-20 2 (0)
2008 Japan U-23 3 (0)
2008–2019 Japan 97 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of end of the 2019/20 season

Shinji Kagawa (香川 真司, Kagawa Shinji, born March 17, 1989) is a Japanese football player. He played for the Japan national team.

Biography[change | change source]

Kagawa was born in Kobe on March 17, 1989. He joined J1 League club Cerezo Osaka in 2006. He could not play at all in the match first season and Cerezo was relegated to J2 League. He became a regular player from 2007. In 2009, he became a top scorer with 27 goals and Cerezo was promoted to J1. In summer 2010, he moved to German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He played 49 matches and scored 21 goals in 2 seasons. Dortmund also won the Bundesliga champions in both seasons. In summer 2012, he moved to English Premier League club Manchester United. In the 2012/13 season, he played 20 matches and score 6 goals under manager Alex Ferguson. However his opportunity to play decreased under new manager David Moyes in the 2013/14 season. In summer 2014, he returned to Dortmund. Although he played many matches every seasons, he could hardly play in the match in the 2018/19 season. In January 2019, he moved to Turkish Süper Lig club Beşiktaş. In summer 2019, he moved to Spanish Segunda División club Real Zaragoza and played in 1 season. After half-year blank, he signed with Super League Greece club PAOK Thessaloniki in January 2021.

In 2007, Kagawa was selected the Japan U-20 national team for 2007 U-20 World Cup and played 2 matches. On May 24, 2008, he debuted for the Japan national team under manager Takeshi Okada against Ivory Coast. In August 2008, he also played for Japan U-23 national team at 2008 Summer Olympics. However he was not selected Japan for 2010 World Cup. After the 2010 World Cup, he became a regular player under new manager Alberto Zaccheroni and wore the "number 10" shirt for Japan as Shunsuke Nakamura successor. In 2011, he participated 2011 Asian Cup. He played 5 matches and scored 2 goals. Although he could not play at the final for injury, Japan won the champions. He also played at 2013 Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup and 2015 Asian Cup. In 2018, he was selected the Japan for 2018 World Cup. He played 3 matches and scored 1 goal against Colombia national team in the first match. Japan qualified to the knockout stage. He played 97 games and scored 31 goals for Japan until 2019.

Statistics[change | change source]

[1][2]

Club statistics League CupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J.League Cup AsiaTotal
2006 Cerezo Osaka J1 League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
2007 J2 League 35 5 1 2 - - 36 7
2008 35 16 0 0 - - 35 16
2009 44 27 0 0 - - 44 27
2010 J1 League 11 7 0 0 1 0 - 12 7
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2010/11 Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 18 8 2 0 - 8 4 28 12
2011/12 31 13 5 3 - 6 1 42 17
EnglandLeague FA Cup Football League Cup EuropeTotal
2012/13 Manchester United Premier League 20 6 3 0 0 0 3 0 26 6
2013/14 18 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 29 0
2014/15 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere Ligapokal EuropeTotal
2014/15 Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 28 5 5 1 - 5 0 38 6
2015/16 29 9 5 1 - 12 3 46 13
2016/17 21 1 3 2 - 5 3 29 6
2017/18 19 5 3 1 - 5 0 27 6
2018/19 2 0 1 0 - 1 0 4 0
TurkeyLeague Fortis Turkey Cup League Cup EuropeTotal
2018/19 Beşiktaş Süper Lig 14 4 0 0 - 0 0 14 4
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga EuropeTotal
2019/20 Real Zaragoza Segunda División 31 4 3 0 - - 34 4
GreeceLeague Greek Football Cup Greek League Cup EuropeTotal
2020/21 PAOK Thessaloniki Super League
Country Japan 125 55 1 2 1 0 - 127 57
Germany 148 41 24 8 - 42 11 214 60
England 38 6 4 0 3 0 11 0 56 6
Turkey 14 4 0 0 - 0 0 14 4
Spain 31 4 3 0 - - 34 4
Greece
Total 356 110 32 10 4 0 53 11 445 131

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Japan national team
YearAppsGoals
2008 6 1
2009 4 1
2010 7 1
2011 11 6
2012 9 3
2013 16 4
2014 10 3
2015 14 4
2016 7 4
2017 5 2
2018 6 2
2019 2 0
Total 97 31

References[change | change source]

  1. Shinji Kagawa at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  2. Shinji Kagawa at J.League (in Japanese) Edit this at Wikidata
  3. Japan National Football Team Database(in Japanese)

Other websites[change | change source]